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Why Chiropractic?

Why should I see a Chiropractor?

I’m not here to extol the virtues of chiropractic over any other form of manual therapy.  Physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic are all perfectly acceptable forms of treatment for most of the difficulties seen in the riding population.  What I AM here to suggest is that you see SOMEONE – and if you chose to see me, you get the added advantage of when you say “my horse can’t maintain right-lead canter” or “he always flying changes one stride after a jump”, or even “I just can’t sit to trot!” I will know what position you are supposed to be in, which muscles are active, which joints are under pressure, and therefore after a thorough examination it is likely I’ll be able to work out where the trouble is arising.

But why should you get treatment at all? Simply put, wonky rider = wonky horse.  It doesn’t matter how many times you get the horse’s back, saddle, teeth and feet checked: if you are restricted through one hip, or sit with one shoulder higher than the other, the horse is continually being asked to work at a disadvantage which will continually throw his muscles and joints out as well.

The nature of riding also means you are more likely than someone who just sits at a desk all day to experience physical problems.  It’s a fact of riding life that you almost certainly will fall off at some point, with the obvious painful consequences, but even short of that there’s spooks, arguments, cheeky bucks and high spirited jinks that throw you around in the saddle.  Even if you have the miracle of a perfectly-behaved-at-all-times horse, there’s the ground work involved.  Most people are dominant in one hand, meaning you will generally groom your horse with one hand (twisting all the while to reach everywhere), you will load a barrow the same way every time, you’ll sweep the yard a certain way.  All of these put unequal pressure on your body, leading to muscle asymmetry and potential joint problems.  Add in to this the non-equestrian sources of pain and problems that we all experience, you can see how pretty much every rider in the world is going to need help of one sort or another.

Chiropractic is an effective way of addressing many problems for muscles and joints.  For more information, please visit my main site and have a browse around for general chiropractic facts!

For more information, please visit my blog article: Horse Riding and Chiropractic

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